Former Arsenal target Gourcuff could return to old club this summer

Yoann Gourcuff is a free agent this summer and despite his injury problems, Bordeaux would reportedly like to tempt him back to where he won the 2009 title.

In recent years, many a transfer window saw former France international Yoann Gourcuff linked with a possible move to Arsenal - via the Daily Mail. It was rare to see a summer or winter go past without Arsene Wenger rumoured to be interested in making a move for the talented playmaker.

This summer, the Lyon midfielder is out of contract in June and with clubs wary of his ongoing injury problems there may be a lack of interest this time around.

One possible destination could be a return to French side Girondins de Bordeaux, with local fans starting a petition, demanding the return of Gourcuff.

The 28-year-old was part of Laurent Blanc’s 2009 title winning side, and according to L’Equipe, the men in charge of the club have admitted “the case is looking good.”

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas would not be happy with this sort of deal and would be loath to see the player they spent €22 million on, leave to another French club on a free transfer, but a move back to the Garonne region, to a city that the player still feels very attached too, may be the ideal place for him to rediscover his passion for the game.

The main problem for any side will be justifying his high wages. He is averaging 1098 minutes per season for Lyon, which is the equivalent of 12 full matches.

In his first season with the club, back in 2010-11, Gourcuff played 24 league games for the club, but that is the maximum number he has played in one campaign – highlighting his injury problems.

Moves to Spain and Germany may be an option, but he may need to drop his €100,000 a week wage demands to land another top club this summer. That sort of demand would be nothing for a club like Arsenal.

Could Gourcuff’s situation help Wenger take a gamble, and finally land his long-term target?

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